Center must step in: Medical students tell SC after Ukrainian universities demand full fee for transfer documents

Nearly a thousand Indian students have returned to the country since the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war in February 2022. A majority of students, admitted to medical schools in the Eastern European country, have were forced to abandon their respective degrees and courses to save their lives. in war-torn Kyiv.

Their transit definitely marked the students’ safe return, however, their professional degree and college stalled. The Supreme Court asked the Center to come up with a program to enroll these students so that they can continue or resume their medical studies.

During Friday’s hearing, Supreme Court Justice Hemant Gupta asked the Center if it had identified countries that are willing to admit these students to their medical schools to complete the remaining medical courses.

When questioned, the student’s lawyer said some medical colleges in Ukraine have asked students to travel to the war-torn country to collect their respective documents. He mentioned that these universities in Ukraine asked for a full fee for issuing the documents.

The lawyer mentioned that the Center will be required to urge the universities to publish the relevant documents. The Indian government should put pressure on these colleges through the Ukrainian government, the lawyer added. In such a situation, our government will have to put pressure on these universities through the government there, the lawyer added.

Nearly a thousand aggrieved students have gone to court because they still don’t have clarity on their degrees. While Ukrainian universities have started online courses for these students, they are concerned about whether or not the National Medical Commission will recognize the bachelor’s degree in medicine obtained after online studies.

The court asked the central government to resolve these issues before the next hearing. The additional solicitor general said the Department of External Affairs is considering following due process.

The court adjourned the hearing until after the Dussehra vacation after the government’s response on due process regarding the issue of medical students from Ukraine. Now the Supreme Court will hear the case on October 11.

In the previous hearing on September 15, the central government told the Supreme Court that existing laws do not allow the migration of foreign medical students to Indian universities. She argued that the adjustments that would be worked out in this regard relate to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Senior Advocate Menaka Guruswamy, representing the students, informed the court that 11 states have written to the central government in this regard. Letters from chief ministers of various states have instructed the Center to work out how to accommodate students in state private universities.

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